How are you doing on your New Year resolutions?  I want to share one of my goals for 2015.  On Monday, I began the Sweathogs training with Vinny Zaloom at the Staten Island Board of Realtors.  I'm part of a winning team--“The A-Listers” consisting of real estate professionals of varied ages with varied experience.  After a 4 1/2-hour session, we left with training/mentoring, much enthusiasm, the tools to build a business plan, improve our work habits and as a team, to encourage each other to list and sell real estate.  We were told to identify our goals on a 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper.  How is that for an opportunity?  Is your goal a world class cruise around the world with family, a new home, Harvard tuition for a gifted grandchild or that much-dreamed- about hot tub on your backyard deck?  This seems so simple yet many of us forget that goals should be measured in time--3 months, a year or long term.  Only you can decide.  If you are a real estate professional, there is still an opportunity to join us at Sweathogs on Monday morning.  Call Vinny today at 917-539-4798 or e-mail him at

A DO NOT MISS event!  Saturday 1/10, begins the Historic Richmond Town Tavern Concert Series.  Bob Conroy, Norm Pederson with Bill Doerge will regale you with their program of Short Stories and “ould” tunes.  In minutes, you will be tapping your toes, clapping your hands and singing along with these skilled story tellers and instrumentalists.  You will warm up around the fire at the Tavern, drink some hot mulled cider or cold beer and smile your blues away after participating in this delightful evening.  It continues every Saturday through 3/28.  Add this to your list of favorite things to do on Saturday night.  Call 718-351-1611 for reservations and info.
Get your children aged 5-12 out of the house for Scientific Saturdays at the Dongan Hills Library, from 11-noon, 1617 Richmond Rd.  Call 718-351-1444 for more info.

Also on Saturday, at 2, at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, 420 Tompkins Ave., Rosebank, bring your children to a La Befana PartyIn Italian folklore, Befana is a benevolent old woman with magical powers who brings gifts to the children.  The legend takes place at the time of the birth of Baby Jesus.  Call 718-442-1608 or visit their site for more info:

On Saturday, at 2:30, at the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave., a spoken word performance workshop will be held for ages 55 and up.  For more info, call 718-4428560 or

At the CPG Gallery, 814 Richmond Terrance, New Brighton, the opening reception of “The Edge” featuring guest photographer, Ken Martin will be held 1/10 from 5-8.  Check out their site for exhibiting photographers or call 718-288-2405.

Staten Island MakerSpace, 450 Thompson Ave. is featuring “Sewing with Nan Smith” from 6-8 (teens through adults) through 1/29 all levels welcome.  One of the best skills I ever learned was sewing from my Aunt Sophie when I was a mere teen.  I made dresses, suits, coats, baby clothes, pants—the list is endless.  This is a great class!  A four-week workshop “Women, Welding and Wine” will focus on steel MIG (metal inert gas) welding with an overview of a variety of metal fabrication tools, materials and techniques. By the end of the class, you will have a good grasp of the welding process and make your own wine rack.  Each session will be followed by wine tasting through 1/27.   Call 718-273-3951 or visit their site to sign up for any of these terrific classes.  Check out the Valentine's Day Couples class!  It's not what you may think!!!!workshops/ctzx


Photographers, please read this second re-run from my last two blogs.  Last week for submissisons!  The opening reception of The National Lighthouse museum, 5D Bay St. Landing Greenway (behind St. George Post Office), will be Saturday, 2/7/15 from 1-5. The First National Juried Photograph Show for the Museum in association with the Creative Photographers Guild will be held on the same day.  Deadline for submissions is 1/11/15.  Exhibition dates are 2/7 through 3/7.  Hours are Wednesday, 10-4, Saturday & Sunday 1-5.  For information, email or call 855-656-7469.

Did you take down your Christmas tree?  The City Parks and Sanitation Departments and GrowNYC have combined forces to host the annual Mulchfest1. You can bring your tree to a chipping location on 1/10 and 1/11 from 10-2.  Bring a bag and get your very own bag of mulch at Clove Lakes Park and the parking lot of Conference House Park at Hylan Blvd. and Satterlee Pl. 2. Bring your tree to a drop-off site (Father Macris Park, Fahy Ave. and Lamberts Ln., Midland Beach Parking Lot 6 at Fr. Capodanno and Graham Blvd., Silver Lake Tennis House at  University Pl. and Revere St. and Tappen Park, Stapleton) from 1/3-1/11.  It will be recycled later.  3. Put it at the curb.  The Sanitation Dept. will be conducting special curbside collections from 1/5 through 1/16. 

Saturday, 1/10, Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Annual Winter 10 mile Greenbelt Walk, 9:15-4. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave.  Bring lunch, a beverage and sturdy walking shoes.  Call Dominic Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 for info.

Also on Saturday, meet at Clay Pit Pond State Park Preserve at 11 for a hike with Gert Coleman.  Call 718-356-9235 or e-mail

Meet at the stone wall at the intersection of Rockland and Meisner Avenues for a hike to Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill on Saturday, 1-3.  Parking is available along the road to Eger Nursing Home.  Call 718-619-5051 or email

On Sunday, 1/11, beginning at 11, at High Rock Park, an Urban Park Ranger will guide a vigorous hike of long distance, with hills and rugged terrain.

For a hike at Long Pond Park on Sunday, 1-3, meet at the corner of Eugene St. and Adelphia Ave., call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or

Monday, 1/12, at the Dongan Hills Library, 1617 Richmond Rd., from 3:30-4:30 p.m., urge your children ages 11-17 to attend “Teen Jeopardy”.  This is a great skill to hone, helps your children think on their feet and learn much information while having fun.  Call 718-351-1444 for info.
Have your tried any of these hikes through the parks of Staten Island?  Let me know if you attend any classes that you would like to recommend.  Call me at 646-258-9696 or write me below or at

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